Category Archives: Mother Cabrini’s Philosophy of Living

What They Teach

Devotional intercession of canonical Saints is a heartwarming, soul-affirming practice. Just as God becoming man in Jesus gave our laughably small intellects a context, shape, and form to understand a boundless, infinite Deus, our identification with Saints gives context, shape, … Continue reading

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Textually Speaking  

Many people will select a spiritual text to read during Lent for personal edification, devotional practice, or just-plain pleasure. Sometimes, it is a combination of those reasons. For those who don’t read books on a regular basis and find reading … Continue reading

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Contemplatives Both: Pope Francis & Mother Cabrini

Using language of adoration or vilification and everything in between, Pope Francis has been described as many things by many people. Yet the Pontiff has never been labelled a contemplative. Until today, when the Bishop of Rome labelled himself exactly … Continue reading

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As Perfect as Painful

Some biographies of Saints [canonized Saints, as opposed to common saints] read like instruction manuals on how to achieve instant sanctity.  The story often goes that some young person has a spiritual epiphany and decides to devote their life wholly to … Continue reading

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Glimpsing a Panoramic Similarity: The Prose of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Cabrini

Like many Americans preparing for the Martin Luther King national holiday on January 19, it was a good occasion to reread the civil rights leader’s epic 1963 “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” That Letter (“letter” being a title that is … Continue reading

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Sealed Divine

“Love conquers sorrows, persecutions, difficulties. If you love God with great fidelity, it will follow that all of your actions, suffering, and affections will be marked with the Divine Seal, so that your fidelity and loving work, like a small … Continue reading

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Prayers are Human – Musings

Poems and prayers look alike. The text nestled against the left margin, and those uneven, seemingly arbitrary line breaks on the right. Prayers and poems even act alike at moments, with the economy of words, the musicality, the occasional acclamation … Continue reading

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